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Jun 7, 2011 10:01 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP

Drought blocks fireworks sales in Lafourche

THIBODAUX, La. (AP) - No fireworks for Lafourche Parish residents this Fourth of July.
Thanks to the drought, parish president Charlotte Randolph has issued a ban on the use and sale of fireworks throughout the parish. The ban, which will be in effect through July 4th, was issued because of extremely dry conditions.
Randolph says the ban was issued early to help fireworks businesses prepare.
Last month state Fire Marshal Butch Browning issued a burn ban statewide because of the extreme conditions. Parish officials issued a similar restriction, saying they want to reduce the risk of a small blaze that could escalate due to the dry conditions.
Officials say both the fireworks and burn bans will remain in effect until average rainfall totals return.

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